Pilot orders pizza for hangry passengers

Last updated 08:15 10/07/2014

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Faced with potentially hungry - and grumpy - passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.

Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie said that he got a call just as he was about to send employees home.

Ritchie said pilot Gerhard Bradner told him he needed to feed 160 people - fast.

"I put my hand over the phone and I said: 'Guys, you're coming back,"' Ritchie said, recalling what he told his employees.

In all, Ritchie said his crew made about 35 pizzas and delivered them to the airport, where the driver handed the food off to flight attendants. One of the passengers sent KUSA-TV a picture of flight attendants handing out pizza boxes.

That number of pizzas is usually what his store handles in an entire hour, Ritchie said. This time, they needed to make them and deliver them in about 30 minutes, he said.

But that didn't deter his co-workers, Ritchie said.

"Actually, they were super excited. They had a blast. It was a challenge," he said. "It was definitely one of those 'challenge accepted' moments in time."

Tyri Squyres, Frontier's vice president of marketing, said the airline's pilots have bought pizza or drinks for passengers before and have celebrated a child's first flight with a tour.

KUSA-TV reported that the flight to Denver International Airport, which originated in Washington, D.C., left Cheyenne shortly after the pizzas arrived.

The flight was one of dozens that were delayed because of heavy rain across Colorado.

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